While “Joe” (as in, The Plumber) was a frequently-used word during last night’s debate, “cool” is a frequently-used word in post-debate news headlines (h/t/ Eric Boehlert), employed by at least the following newspapers to describe Obama’s debate performance.
“Aggressive Underdog vs. Cool Counterpuncher,” Washington Post
“McCain Brings Heat, Obama Stays Mr. Cool,” Chicago Sun-Times
“Debate Sees An Aggressive McCain and a Cool Obama,” The Hill
“A fiesty McCain, a cool Obama, and appeals to ‘Joes’ everywhere,” Christian Science Monitor
“McCain seemed energized; Obama kept cool,” Denver Post
“Cool” or “too cool”?
“Analysis: McCain Intense, Obama Maybe Too Cool,”Boston Globe
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.